Admission to Graduate Programs

Admissions Policy

The University of Cincinnati welcomes graduate applications from students who:

  • hold a baccalaureate degree from a college or university regarded as standard by a regional or general accrediting agency, and
  • have at least a B average (3.0/4.0 system) in relevant undergraduate course work or otherwise give evidence of promise that is judged satisfactory by the admitting program and the Graduate School. Programs that wish to admit applicants who lack this 3.0 minimum GPA requirement must provide supporting evidence and rationale of how such students will be able to complete a graduate program that requires achievement of a 3.0 GPA, and indicate any special help offered by the program to ensure the applicant’s success given the GPA deficiency.*

Decisions concerning admission to graduate programs rest with the programs, and criteria used for determining admission beyond these minimal requirements are established by the programs. Programs have the authority to set their application deadlines, to require certain pre-admission examinations, to require satisfactory completion of certain course work prior to admission, and to establish other pre-admission requirements. Program admission decisions are final unless it is demonstrated that the program violated a policy established by the university or the Graduate School or that the program failed to apply admissions criteria consistently. All programs have established written criteria for judging the admissibility of applicants, which are published in each program’s graduate handbook.

*See Graduate School Handbook Addendum, 2017-18. To view this document, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader, a free download.